Our Hearts and Feet
Have you ever yearned for God? Have you ever cried out to Him to draw near to you? Do you ever feel like you don’t really know God anymore because you have drifted away from Him? If so, well, I think I know how you feel. And it always makes my heart grieve when I feel far from Him.
Maybe you have been calling out to God to bring you back to Him, but it seems like there has been no answer. Maybe you want to know Him more and you prayed for His help, but you feel like He has forgotten you.
Genesis 8:1 (NIV)
“But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.”
After God had flooded the earth and destroyed all living things, except those in the ark, He remembered Noah and those who were in the ark. God will not forget His own. You might be thinking that God has forsaken you, but God has not forsaken you. Perhaps it is you who have forsaken God. I think that often most of us have the right intention to want to know Jesus and His Word more. We pray to Him and ask Him to fill us with His Word and teach us so that we may have wisdom. We ask for His presence to overwhelm us, that He would be near to us, but how many of these desires actually turn into actions? When a worship song comes up and we start to ‘feel spiritual’, crying out that we yearn for God, but when it ends, we go along our daily lives like nothing really happened. I think the problem is that we don’t make our feet go in the same direction as our hearts.
If we want to live a life of purity, we need the teamwork of our hearts and feet. The direction of purity begins within; but we have to support it practically, in our everyday decisions of where and with whom we choose to be, and what we do. For example, we can make commitments to sexual purity, but if we do not adopt a lifestyle that supports this commitment, and continue in relationships with people who approve of physical intimacy, we are going to fail in our commitment.
Similarly, as a student, if we want to achieve excellent grades for our exams, just wanting to study isn’t really enough. We have to place ourselves in conducive environments that help and maximize our effectiveness in studying. Simply going out with friends to study may not always get you the results you want. You may get distracted chatting with them and end up going somewhere to play afterwards.
So if you want to know God, praying isn’t enough. God does incline His ear to our cry and He knows our hearts, but if God leads you to a book He wants you to read and you choose not to read it, can you say He didn’t answer your prayer? We have to add on to our daily prayer the act of seeking after Jesus. Spend time with Him in solitude with just you and Him, read the Bible, set apart time to worship Him for who He is and praise Him for His goodness, read books that can help increase your knowledge of the Word of God. I have come to realize that when I was calling out to God to draw near to me, I was the one who wasn’t complying with my own request. He wanted to spend time with me, but I didn’t make time for Him, I only prayed about it. I had made other gods above Him, which took away the time I should have used to spend with Him.
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
See if your life is filled with idols or things that have taken away the time you should be using to spend with God. Do not invest your time on things with no eternal value. God has called us to be good stewards over the resources He gives to us, and time is one of them. You might be thinking that God wants to take away your fun, but He is really protecting you. For instance, it is fine to have entertainment like computer games, but if you are constantly playing all the time, you don’t own the game, the game really owns you.
So if you really want to know God more, don’t just say it, make an effort to seek Him daily, and if you find it hard, ask leaders or spiritually mature brothers and sisters in your church for help and advice. God wants to meet you every day, but will you turn up to meet Him?
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I desire to know You deeper. Help me to put in place practical ways that would help me in achieving this. Sometimes the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, but I am ready to crucify my flesh that I may be transformed daily to become more like You. Stir in my heart a conviction to make something great happen in my run with You. Make my feet go in the direction of my heart, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”